You Belong

with Cynthia Trone & Rachel Nixon
Six Tuesdays, May 11-June 15, 6-8 p.m.
 
Via Zoom. Link provided with registration.
 
"Belonging is our capacity to feel joy, freedom, and love in any moment.” Sebene Selassie
 
As we emerge from a year of social distancing, we are faced with the unique opportunity to explore what the “new normal” might be and who we are in the midst of it all. In this time of transition, we hope you can join us for a heart-warming and engaging study group. Together, we will embrace and acknowledge belonging -- to ourselves, each other, our culture, the land beneath our feet, our own shadows, and, especially, to freedom.
 
In this six-week series, we will be guided by Sebene Selassie’s book, You Belong: A Call for Connection. Selassie’s wisdom, humor, research, and experience offer an accessible exploration of what embodied, moment-to-moment awareness means for each of us. Selassie invites us to ground, know, and love ourselves as the basis for belonging. She introduces us to Buddhist principles – The Two Truths, Liberation, the Delusion of Separation, the Five Precepts – and challenges us to explore the ancient concepts within the context of stories, of real life, of our own rich unfolding journey. 
 
Weekly gatherings will include guided meditation, experiential practices, deep listening, storytelling, and sharing. (And, we might just dance like no one is watching.) The atmosphere will be inspiring and kind-hearted. Everyone is encouraged to bring curiosities, questions, and ideas to the group each week. 
 
The class book is You Belong: A Call for Connection by Sebene Selassie. The book is not required to participate but we encourage you to get a copy from a local bookstore or online, if possible. If you need financial assistance, please email [email protected]
 
This offering is part of the year-long program, Making Friends with Ourselves & Our World, January-December, 2021.
 
Level: All are welcome.
 
Registration: Kindly complete payment below or contact Rachel at [email protected] to register and discuss other payment options. Donations in any amount are graciously appreciated. In addition to online payment, you may send checks to: The Dancing Elephant, 14 School Street, Rockland, ME 04841. Please register by email first. Thank you!
Suggested donation
 
If you are able to pay the full amount, you will help someone else participate. Thank you!
 
About the Faciliators
 
Rachel Nixon has been exploring Buddhist teachings since 1999. Over the years, she has been inspired by Pema Chödrön's writings and has trained at Shambhala Buddhist Centers in the U.S. and Canada. Rachel attended the seven-week Yarne Retreat with Pema Chödrön at Gampo Abbey in 2019-2020. Rachel has also studied with the Mangala Shri Bhuti community, as well as at the Insight Meditation Society. In addition to her love of meditation, she also enjoys sailing, hiking, and swimming.
 
Cynthia Trone earned her Master’s Degree in Mindfulness Studies from Lesley University in 2017. Her work focuses on the connection of ancient wisdom to modern crises. In 2016, Cynthia travelled to Tibet to better understand the oppression and culture of Tibetan Buddhism, and in 2017, she attended the Dalai Lama’s Kalachakra teachings in Bodhgaya, India. She coordinated the Sacred Art Tour’s visits to Maine in 2018 and 2019 and looks forward to welcoming the monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in Mundgod, India back to midcoast Maine again in the future.
 
The Dancing Elephant is by donation so that everyone can participate. Donations in any amount are graciously appreciated.